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  1. Hello, I'm currently developing a social-networking site in ColdFusion and several aspects of the site require me to return a limited number of records for display (e.g. displaying the last 3 news items in the left-hand column on the front page, etc.).I currently only have a small SQL "cheet sheet" and what my ColdFusion reference book tells me, and I cannot find anything anywhere about limiting the data returned from a SELECT statement to the last X number of records.Any help is appreciated!Thanks,zeeman48
  2. Hello, I just now created my Xisto free hosting account (Package 2) and I can't seem to find Fantastico anywhere! Does anyone know how to get to it! I just now checked the Xisto homepage and it definitely says that it includes Fantastico 2 (see partial screenshot, taken April 6th, 2007). Please Help!
  3. I don't think Google will ever be knocked from it's perch unless it has some kind of corporate power struggle between various executives, or if another search engine comes out that can read your mind and will open a web page that is related to exactly what you're thinking of before you even think of it.Google is too efficient and too well done for anyone else to really take it over. On top of that, Google isn't just a search engine anymore either, and while that's still pretty much Google's primary purpose, they also have things like GMail, orkut, etc. that will keep them going, and give them extra ways to make a profit.
  4. You're probably not going to find much if you want free and easy to use.Once upon a time I was searching for the same thing, and finally settled upon two products: GameMaker and The Games Factory (at clickteam.com).GameMaker is shareware and The Games Factory is a commercial product. I have to say that if you're looking for something like this, you're probably not going to find much.Also, if you don't find anything, you can always get a copy of some free programming language development environment and build games with it.
  5. Those of you who subscribe to PC World may have noticed a review for a site called Myfabrik.com Myfabrik is a file hosting service that gives it's members a fairly large amount of space (2GB in my case) to store Photos, Music, Videos, and Documents. But, on top of this, it also allows you to have a small "Public Page" that allows you to share select files with anyone that browses to your page. I found that MyFabrik's interface was very clear and uncluttered, but some of the icons were very small, and dragging files and folders to the trash is a hastle with my crappy mouse that refuses to let you drag something for more than a second or two. Pros: Clean, Uncluttered Interface File grouping by type and then by custom folders makes finding what you're looking for easy. The ability to embed files in web pages is handy if you want to show off some of your own creations, or add background music to a site. Sharing is a good feature for sharing your files with friends. Tags are a good feature to find things quickly. Cons: Interface icons are small and can be cumbersome on monitors with large resolutions. Drag and Drop interface is useful, but is clumsy with my mouse. Limited Customize-ability on Public Page templates makes site-integration difficult. The Last Word:I would reccomend MyFabrik to anyone that wants to share files with friends, but not to anyone seeking professional site integration or large file storage space. Rating: [-] 4 stars out of 5
  6. But with encryption, you usually have to install some kind of module for PHP, and the most powerful software for this are things like Zend, which cost lots of money, and makes life harder for end users. Yes, it makes it more difficult for malicious users to steal your code, but you are also making life harder for your users, who don't neccessarially want to steal your code.On top of this, Obfuscation is not "reversable", you can't decrypt it or break the code. And, even if you obfuscate your code so it looks like Aramaic, and then encrypt it 50 times, the cleverest pirates can still break it.Yeah, encryption and obfuscation can deter some of the "n00bs" and "script kiddies", but if someone is determined to do something, they will eventually succeed.I would say that if you're really paranoid about not getting paid, do this:First, create some kind of product activation system. My recomendation would be to lock the activation code to the domain name so that it's harder to just type in the key.Next, put some product key verification code in every script file, except those that you won't be obfuscating (e.g. config.php, etc.)Then, obfuscate all your code so it can't be read very easily.Finally, encode all of it with Zend or something so it can't be read, but set it up so that your script will stop working at the end of the year so users are forced to come back and get another key (you choose if they have to pay for the upgrade) and copy of the software. This will keep your users annoyed but on a short leash and makes it harder to pirate your software.
  7. assasinkilla and shadowx, I agree with both your definitions, but I believe that they fit two different types of hackers.The first definition fits that of a "white hat" hacker that tries to figure out how to do new and different things that a program is not intended to do.The second definition fits that of a "black hat" hacker (or cracker) that tries to break into systems for malevolent or malicious "fun" (e.g. breaking into a website and putting digital graffiti all over it) or to make a profit (e.g. by starting a phishing site or writing a virus that redirects users to a site that downloads tons of adware and spyware to their computers that retrieve personal information like credit card numbers).
  8. I've used POBS before, and it works pretty well for obfuscation. As for product use approval and activation, I happen to be working on a similar project at the moment. If you'd like, I can share some of my work with you (provided I get any work done, of course ).
  9. I think that Google will eventually overtake Microsoft because Microsoft always seems to release a buggy, unfinished product, usually late, while Google releases a (to me) well created, Final release quality BETA version.Google has the technology to push Microsoft out of the way.I don't think Microsoft will ever really leave, especially since Google doesn't have an operating system or a full suite of office products (e.g. Presentation Software, Database System, etc.)Perhaps Google and Microsoft will either fuse or one will buy out another and we'll have the stability and innovation of Google with the powerhouse that is Microsoft in one huge company.Another possibility is that one of them will copy an idea from the other and make money off of it, and then the other company will sue, win, and become the dominant company, at least for a while.
  10. Yeah, but, since Google is a search engine natively, they don't want to go cluttering up their interface with excess information. You can easily bookmark the personalized homepage....It's not that hard.
  11. Everyone interacts with the economy in some way almost every day. When you buy a candy bar, money is going to the store, which paid a reseller, which paid the maker of that candy bar for the candy bar. This affects the economy because by buying and selling things, the econonmy fluctuates. When stores keep buying things but people stop buying things, the stores lose money, stop buying that product which then leads the maker of the product to stop selling it. Money travels everywhere. In one day, a single dollar bill could pass through fifty different people, from the store to the resteraunt to the dry cleaners to the store again to the brother paying off his sister to the sister buyng a cheese burger. However, what would happen if something replaced this money and money only passed through a few people's hands every year?What if there was a new site that was linked up with practically everyone and everything as a way to pay for products by viewing advertisments and participating in surveys instead of using money?Advertisiers and companies would pay money to get people to view advertisments and take part in interactive presentations about the product. People would earn points from this and, using these points, could buy software and other products, and eventually everyday items like food. After a while, nobody would have any real money because everyone would be earning points to spend on items. You buy some cereal, enter a code online, earn 20 points. With these points, you buy a candy bar. Eventually, no one would ever use money because everyone could buy anything with points. We would all have cards that we swipe at the checkout and it would be paid for. People could earn points on their computers by downloading and installing software that covers a portion of their screen with ads. The more time they spend watching the ads, the more points they earn. Every time you click a banner ad, a window would pop up that says, "You've earned 1 point!" People would even let programs monitor their surfing habits so they could see relevent ads, click on them and earn points. People would buy points with money and, eventually, they wouldn't have any money left. Eventually, after a while, people would realize that no one really had any money and that the whole world was basically in debt, try and get their points turned into money, realize there is no way to get their money back and end up with the whole economy suddenly and spectacularly crashing. With all the world's money in only a few people's pockets, no one would have any money and the few countries that didn't start using it would be ruined anyway because they had no way to trade with the world.Sure, it's unlikely but, then again, so was the holocaust.
  12. There is no way to truly "destroy" the internet. You can completely and utterly ruin it but unless you go to all the ISPs in the world and smash their computers and cut all their phone lines, you can't destroy the internet.The only way I have ever thought of that could ever destory the internet would be to infect and control all of the unprotected computers and then use them to DDOS more powerful computers to the point where their owners dump the hard drive and reinstall. Then, you take over with the default passwords and keep doing this until every computer on the internet is under your control. Then you have ever computer DDOS every other computer until the networks get so clogged that every site crumbles and falls.A better way is just to DDOS all the major search engines (Google, AltaVista, Ask.com, Dogpile, etc.) and shut down the major sites (e.g. MySpace, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Miniclip, etc.) to make the internet utterly boring and useless. Then, after people started to realize the internet couldn't do anything, they would all stop using it and no one would make any money and the internet would cease to exist.However, even if you collapsed the internet in some fiendishly advanced way that no one expected and all the ISPs either gave up or went into bankruptcy and dissapeared, all the techies and geeks and hackers in the world would start engineering their own "mini-internets" that would eventually spread through the world. After all, it's boring beinga hacker with nothing to do.
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